by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager
Yang Sheng beat Thailand’s Supakron Pankhaoyoy (11-5, 12-10, 11-7, 11-2), Su Zhi accounted for China’s Qiao Junfeng (Eight-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-7, 11-Eight); likewise, Tananan Tantakool overcame Paris Zonios of Greece (11-9, 11-Four, 11-13, 13-11, 11-9), Feng Yi-Hsin defeated Iran’s Amin Miralmasi (12-10, 11-7, 11-7, 11-7).
“I’m very happy to get into the main draw stage. Today I had good service returns and I made the right decisions at the right time during my matches.” Tananan Tantakool
Impressive from 18 12 months previous Tananan Tantakool; it was the identical from a participant of the identical age. Frenchmen Bastien Rembert, unbeaten the day gone by, concluded his group part matches with success against Korea’s Chae Byeonguk (11-13, Three-11, 11-5, 13-11, 11-9, Eight-11, 11-7).
“I had a tough start because his defence was so effective. I hit many balls into the net. After I was able to adjust and make more spin, so I was able to turn the game around. I’m feeling quite upbeat. It’s been a great start to this tournament.” Bastien Rembert
Top place for 2 youngsters against the chances; it was the identical for yet one more. Nine days after his 16th birthday, Singapore’s Pang Yew En Koen, hitherto unbeaten, accounted for Korea’s Hwang Min the safe an surprising first place (11-7, 11-Eight, 9-11, 10-12, 11-Eight, 11-6).
“At first I was really controlling the game but in the middle of game three, he started changing his receives which created some problems for me. Finally in games five and six I was able to adjust to his receives and win. My opponent also had a very strong attack so I tried to stay aggressive and make the first attack. I think this helped me to win the match.” Pang Yew En Koen
Young gamers in form, it was the identical for Japan’s Hibiki Tazoe and India’s Sushmit Sriram; likewise each topped their teams opposite to predictions.
Play within the main draw commences on Friday 18th May.
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